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◆ Fred­er­icks, who has com­pleted a 50-page re­search paper on tra­di­tional medicine, wants tra­di­tional medicine to be in­te­grated to the for­mal market. His re­search found that there are around 250 000 san­go­mas in the coun­try.

◆ Nkanyezi was his first “thwasa” name and it means “bright star”. Af­ter a bad first ini­ti­a­tion ex­pe­ri­ence, he would later be­come an ini­ti­ate to two white san­go­mas. Ac­cord­ing to his re­search, 70% of West­ern medicine con­tains tra­di­tional medicine ex­tracts. His paper also un­packs the cos­mol­ogy of the tra­di­tional healer’s uni­verse. He also trav­elled to Botswana to redo his “thwasa” process in the Venda Shangaan tra­di­tion. His con­tem­po­raries in the tra­di­tional prac­tice never ques­tioned him be­cause of his race.

◆ Rabi said: “We try to help with all dis­eases, but do not claim that we can heal (clients) from can­cer and HIV, like many false doc­tors or san­go­mas do.”

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